Case closed against architect in 2004 Moscow water park tragedy
"The investigation materials prompt the objective conclusion that the
partial collapse of the Transvaal Park's roof was caused by a series of
design mistakes and grave architectural miscalculations in the building
that failed to meet reliability and safety standards," the prosecutors
said in their conclusion.
"Nodar Kancheli's lawyer petitioned the prosecutor's office to stop a
criminal investigation against his client due to an amnesty announced by
the State Duma in April ," prosecutors said in a statement today.
MOSCOW, December 27 (RIA Novosti) - The Moscow City Court upheld
Wednesday an amnesty for an architect blamed for the collapse of a water
park in Moscow in 2004, rejecting a protest from survivors of the
tragedy, a lawyer representing them said.
The roof of Transvaal Park, in southern Moscow, caved in February 14,
2004, in a heavy snowfall, leaving 28 people dead and more than 100
Moscow prosecutors said at the time that architect Nodar Kancheli's
design was to blame for the accident, but charges were dropped in early
September under the terms of a parliamentary amnesty.
The architect, who maintained his innocence throughout the proceedings,
was also questioned after another building he designed - Moscow's
Basmanny market - collapsed in February, killing at least 60 people.